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New to winter activities? Here’s an idea on how to break the ice–waterfall ice climbing. We sent Much Digital Studios Creator Dan Rodo on his own Banff adventure to try out the sport for the first time and had him share his favourite moments and advice for anyone eager to try the exhilarating activity.
After a safety briefing and quick tutorial, Dan, his friends and their guide hiked two kilometres to get the actual falls. Geared with mountaineering boots, pick axes and harnesses, they were ready to start climbing.
You have to do it with both feet and both hands. You get tired, like three quarters of the way up. But then you see the top and you think, ‘I have to make it.’ It’s exhausting. — Dan Rodo
For any travellers hesitant to take on the challenge of waterfall ice climbing, Dan says not to be intimidated by it: “It’s such a cool experience. It’s more intimidating when you see it versus when you actually do it.”
See more footage of Dan’s climb in his vlog below.
Other than ice climbing, another one of Dan’s must-do activities when visiting Banff is dog sledding.
“It was incredible, if you’re a dog lover it’s even more of an experience, you get this rush because you’re on a sled being pulled by animals,” he said. “We were on a frozen lake with mountains on either side of us. I couldn’t describe it. It was a feeling that was unbelievable.”
What: Waterfall Ice Climbing
Where: Banff Adventures (directions here) in Banff, Alberta
When: According to the Parks Canada site, the ice climbing season runs long, starting as early as November and lasting until April.
How Much: Depending on the size of your group, rates for half days range from $420-$580, while full days range from $495-$720. Book here.